Lolly scramble may go global

HUNTER WARD
Last updated 07:29 27/11/2012
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New Plymouth sales rep Chris Taylor was keen to try United Video's supply of Twinkies.

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A store that began selling American candy as a sideline is now considering a global hunt for exotic sweets.

United Video in Devon St East, New Plymouth, has sold the American treats since Sam Bansal became manager earlier this year and, after two weeks of renovation works, he now has space to sell a much wider variety of sweets.

"We had this in mind from the moment we took over the store," Bansal said. "We had to have something novel, something new."

He said candies were in demand, and the new section sat well with video rentals.

"People see all these candies in the movies and think 'I wonder what those are like?' "

Most of the sweets stocked so far were from the United States, but there were plans to get brands from Europe and perhaps Asia.

"We are still in the process of getting UK and Irish, but most are from the US," Bansal said.

The store's new "candy cove" is a step up from the single display table the store used to have, and stocks sweets ranging from Reece's peanut-butter cups and Cap'n Crunch cereal to Hostess Twinkies, which are becoming a rare commodity after the manufacturer filed for bankruptcy.

"I always wanted to try Twinkies and stuff, but I never knew where to get them," 18-year-old candy enthusiast Chris Taylor said. "I'm definitely going to buy a few."

Hunter Ward is a Witt journalism student.

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